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  1. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    I'm just going by what I've seen on Facebook and Twitter but there's been a lot of negative reaction (quite rightly so) to Friday. I think the overall picture has been offset somewhat by Kendrick and Arcade Fire (who are proper headliners) but for me the strength of every PKP is in the depth across all the stages. They're never going to compete with RW in terms of headliners but in the past what they have done well is book the best contemporary, old (but still relevant) and up and coming acts for each of their stages. Some of the recent headliners played the Club and/or Marquee in the first few years I attended and that's for me what PKP is all about. They set the trend by spotting talent and then giving them the opportunity to break through and flourish. I remember seeing Florence and Tame Impala in the Club and neither even headlined that stage! I think market pressures have made that process/journey/pathway more difficult as most people now want to see established bands and are less willing to experiment with new artists. Added to that is the poor reception that 'nostalgia' (for want of a better description) acts have had in recent years e.g. Noel Gallagher, so the organisers are less willing to gamble on booking them - Suede being a good example Dave as I don't think they'll be there. I've said it before but if it wasn't for the comprehensive dance line up (which pretty much makes up half of the festival now), I'm not 100% sure I'd still go? Tbf it's now as much about the friends I meet up with each year as it is the music but purely in terms of line up, Melt and possibly Lowlands do it better for my personal tastes. Let's see what Monday brings though...
  2. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Florence is not really my thing but agree her being added would go some way towards 'saving' Friday. Main doubt I have is she was announced a while back for Melt so it's no secret she's doing shows. In that sense I don't think the release of a new album is reason to delay news of her playing PKP? Maybe she wasn't initially on their radar but following the backlash they've been looking at all possible options to bolster the line up? This delay and relative silence on social media does seem odd but tbh I'm way past trying to work out what they're up to!! Danger of course is the longer they leave it the more the anticipation and hype builds up and that often results in people feeling disappointed when the news does finally drop and there's no 'wow' factor (which is likely to be the case as we know virtually all the names that are around and available).
  3. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Was announced a couple of days ago but Miles Kane is doing the Friday at Rize so is now a possibility for PKP. Their new club night Garnizoen is taking place on Saturday and features Sam Paganini, Dense and Pika, Dan Shake and a load of local DJs. Sam Paganini was on the original leaked poster but has not been officially announced yet which makes me think we may hear something next week when this event is out of the way. Will also be just over a month since the first announcement which is roughly in keeping with previous years.
  4. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    If this happens then it will need to be a separate stage dedicated solely to Despacio. This is how they do things, rather than taking over a tent for a night. The events they have been confirmed for so far this summer have also included a show by one or both of LCD or Soulwax/2manydjs but we don’t have either at the moment. With the long standing connection the Dewaele brothers have with PKP I’m at a bit of a loss as to why Despacio has not featured before but hoping this year will see that situation addressed?
  5. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Guess it makes no difference now as sadly that ship has well and truly sailed but unfortunately it's not just a story.
  6. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Lowlands announced a bunch of really good DJs and live dance acts today. Obviously there's a chance many of them could be added to the PKP line up but for me LL is definitely edging it at the moment. Dour are completing their program tomorrow so let's hope we don't lose too many decent names to them. This may well rule out any announcement for us until at least the end of the week.
  7. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    I'm setting up the annual PKP Dropbox folder, which will contain albums from most of the bands that are playing this summer. Send me a message/post if you'd like a link. No rap/hip hop (or anyone playing on Friday).
  8. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    You're totally right, you did say about NERD making the mistake and on reflection my point was more a general one as there are lots of people out there who are actually blaming PKP for what happened. Agreed they don't really help themselves at times though so this can give a negative impression when things happen that they don't have total control over. The festival is really important to lots of people and it can be massively disappointing when the line up doesn't live up to expectations. I think what often underlies the anger and frustration (and this year is a prime example) is when the pool of potential bands available is strong but then many don't end up being booked. There's obviously loads of different reasons why this is the case but it doesn't change the fact that people miss out on seeing their favourite acts at their favourite (and possibly only!) festival of the summer. As many on here have already said, it's still early days and we're a long way off knowing the full line up. I've got faith in them to deliver a solid program over the weekend and things can change quickly - look at how we were all feeling a bit disappointed on Monday night but then by Tuesday morning spirits had been well and truly lifted! Granted by Tuesday evening we were feeling a bit let down again but you get my point! It's also great to hear recommendations coming through on the lesser known bands - thanks for the heads up on RBCF @TheKiewitGuy, will definitely give them a listen. Some of my favourite PKP experiences have been discovering a band in the run up to the festival and then being blown away by how good they were live.
  9. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    The reality is it could happen to any festival as it's standard practice to send out pre-release or sample versions of the line up poster for approval. The size of the font and the line and position they're placed on is a really big deal for some bands and negotiations even have to take place for that, hence the need to send out posters. A lot of this is driven by agents and the ego of the bands but it's an established part of the process now. I remember reading an interview last year with the guy who runs Coachella and he said it was a real headache negotiating the order of the line up poster with bands. He even went as far as saying that it was easier to get some of them to agree to play compared to deciding where they would actually feature on the poster!! The RTJ example you mentioned was bizarre and down to the organsiation but I can't see how anyone can blame PKP for this? That sample poster would have been sent out with specific and very clear instructions for it not to be shared (bands are well aware of how this works anyway) so the agent or whoever it was that posted it is completely at fault here. I thought PKP's initial response was quite funny but that NERD instagram picture is a bit petulant really.
  10. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Two of the main bookers both made the same point on Facebook this morning that there is, ‘lots more still to come’. We’ve now got around half the names and it’s true that in the past most of the biggies have come in the first announcement. What we don’t know for certain though is whether this is the version of the poster they intended to publish this week? Many of the acts are booked months in advance so the leaked poster could have been an early work in progress. NERD effectively forced their hand so they had little choice but to release those names, regardless of whether they intended to or not. Think you may be right Dave that we’ll get more names soon. Reading and Leeds effectively did the same thing this year because of the negative reaction but it’s not quite the same situation here.
  11. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    He's a pretty big name and well respected in DJ circles. He also played 45 in Hasselt a while back so isn't someone who has never been round these parts before. A nice addition for me personally but I wouldn't put him that high up the poster. I think the order and placings will change quite a bit as the line up develops. So much of this is down to agents and contracts anyway, which is usually dictated by the ego of the band/artist. The size of their font and which line they're on is a big deal for some people!
  12. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Thursday: Denis Sulta, Kiasmos, Marcel Dettmann, Sam Paganini, Horse Meat Disco. Friday: Call Super, David August, Or:la. Dimension, Sub Focus and Hype b2b Hazard if you're into DnB. Saturday: Kolsch, Nina Kraviz and Vitalic. Not much there on this day so far.
  13. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Didn't notice at first but it says 'sample' in the background so might not be completely accurate. As Dave said though, it's not gonna be far off.
  14. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    Been deleted now but 'damage' has been done I guess. So after all those months of planning and build up it's come down to a mistake but an overzealous N.E.R.D. admin guy/girl. Got to wonder why they gave this poster to the bands before the proper announcement? Chase and Status did something similar a couple of years ago and leaked Soulwax before they were supposed to. This is another kettle of fish altogether though.
  15. Semprini

    Pukkelpop 2018

    They’re definitely trying to soften the blow before Imagine Dragons tomorrow
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